July 19, 2007

W&L Promotes Neil Cunningham to Director of Physical Education

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the promotion of Neil Cunningham to Director of Physical Education effective immediately. He will also remain as head coach of the women's soccer program.

"I am honored to be the Director of Physical Education at W&L," said Cunningham. "I am passionate about this part of the student's educational experience and look forward to continuing the excellent work done by my predecessors."

"A great coach and teacher, Neil is a perfect fit for this position," said Hathorn. "His energy, enthusiasm and passion for the educational process make him a standout in our profession. The overall health and effectiveness of our physical education program will only be enhanced under his leadership. I look forward to working closely with him in this position."

Cunningham has served as the University's women's soccer coach for the past six seasons, leading the Generals to an 87-16-16 (.798) overall record and two Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships. He has guided W&L to four NCAA Tournament berths, including the 2006 season when the Generals advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight". Additionally the Generals set a school record for wins (19-1-3) and led all NCAA Divisions with just three goals allowed for the season.

A two-time ODAC and NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year, Cunningham arrived at W&L in 2001 following six seasons as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Savannah College of Art & Design. Active in the sport, he is a member of the NCAA South Region Soccer Committee and has worked with several youth soccer camps, including the NOGA Soccer Company, the Coastal Georgia Soccer Association and the Brown University Soccer School.

A native of Manchester, England, Cunningham taught physical education at the St. James School in Bolton, England from 1992-94. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the West London Institute of Higher Education and gained a master of science in sport leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. He holds a United States Soccer Federation License and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Cunningham and his wife, Susan, W&L's Director of Capital Giving, reside in Lexington with their son, Daniel and daughter, Anna.

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